Mr. Paul Patterson, Principal
Mr. Patterson was born in Naperville, IL, and attended school and church at Resurrection in Aurora, IL. Since his parents were from Kenosha and Milwaukee, they eventually moved back to Wisconsin and settled in New Berlin. His family became members at Star of Bethlehem in New Berlin, WI, and he was confirmed and graduated from their Lutheran school. He always admired his uncle Jim Ziesemer, so he went to Northwestern Preparatory School to become a pastor. Instead, after graduation, he went to Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN to become a teacher.
Mr. Patterson student taught at St. Mark, Green Bay, WI in the shadow of Lambeau Field. He also taught at Christ Lutheran School in Zumbrota, MN, and Peace Lutheran School in Sun Prairie, WI.
As principal, it is his hope that our school is able to fix our families' eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrew 12:2) At Wisconsin Lutheran School we strive to place the joyous message of reconciliation with God through Jesus at the center of our day, lessons, and life. Through regular contact with the teachers in the classroom, he plans to assist the teachers in their continuous improvement in teaching and managing their students. In addition, he serves as the sixth grade Catechism and middle school course 2 Math instructor.
Mr. Patterson enjoys bow and gun hunting, snowboarding, and coaching. He treasures time with his wife, Lara, and four children: Japheth, Elias, Kyrie, and Asher.
One of his favorite Bible passages is found in Ephesians 1:18-23. " I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way."
Seeing Jesus as the One who fills everything in every way reminds Mr. Patterson that the Word of God that is proclaimed daily at Wisconsin Lutheran School works because of what God does and not because of him.
Mr. Jerry Marowsky, 8th Grade
Mr. Marowsky was born in Milwaukee, WI. He attended grades K-8 at St. John's Lutheran School - Jefferson, WI. His high school education continued at Martin Luther Preparatory School - Prairie du Chien, WI. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Dr. Martin Luther College - New Ulm, MN.
Previously, Mr. Marowsky has taught various grades, five through eight, at Trinity Lutheran School - Marinette, WI; Immanuel Lutheran School - Medford, WI & St. Paul's Lutheran School - Franklin, WI.
Mr. Marowsky is the 8th Grade Homeroom teacher serving the upper grades in a departmentalized setting. In addition, he is the WLS Athletic Director and works with technology integration both on the staff and student levels.
Mr. Marowsky's personal interests include Amateur Radio (FCC License: N0IMJ), bike riding and home improvement.
Hymn 573 "Hark! The Voice of Jesus Crying" of Christian Worship - A Lutheran Hymnal offers direction and purpose on a daily basis in his teaching career.
Mr. Jay Selle, 7th Grade
Miss Deanna Rahn, 6th Grade
Miss Rahn was born in Watertown, WI and has also lived in northern Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota, and California. She graduated from Martin Luther College in 2006 and has served at St. Stephen in Fallbrook and Ascension in Escondido, both in California, before coming to Wisconsin Lutheran School to teach 6th grade and Language Arts, Art, and Music. Her hobbies include reading, listening to all kinds of music, and spending time with family and friends.
It is her goal to not only provide the students in her classroom the education and skills they need, but also the place for them to grow spiritually, connecting them with their Savior.
One of her favorite Bible passages in Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." It's a great reminder to trust in God no matter the situation.
Miss Julie Maass, 5th Grade
Miss Maass was born in Milwaukee, WI. Although she attended public grade schools most of her young life in Franklin, WI, and later in Elkhart Lake, WI, she spent grades 3-6 at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Franklin. It was there in 3rd grade that she first decided to choose Lutheran elementary teaching as her future career. She never gave up that dream and although she spent her high school years at Elkhart Lake Public High School where she was valedictorian of her senior class, she began teaching in Sunday School and VBS and her home church of Trinity, Kiel as soon as she left grade school.
She always looked forward to attending Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Although she was slated to graduate in 1976, the Lord called her to an emergency teaching position at St. John's Lutheran School in Oak Creek, WI in her senior year. She taught grades 5-8 in Oak Creek, then returned to New Ulm and graduated in 1977. She was called to serve at WLS right after graduation and has been teaching there ever since. Although her original call utilized her interests and talents in social studies and language arts by assigning her to teach grades 5-8 departmentalized in those area, she always enjoyed teaching religion most of all, and Christ-Light and Catechism lessons are still the highlight of her school day. She has been teaching all subjects in grade 5 for over 15 years, and still enjoys the opportunities to bring new information and knowledge to her students. Besides her classroom duties, she produces the school's annual Christmas service, and uses her God-given public speaking talents to inspire other students in the VOICE (Vocalize Our Inner Creative Expression) group which includes Lower School readers, Christmas service narrators, and forensics participants. She also directs the 4th-5th grade musical every other year, and organizes the 4th and 5th grade Battle of the Books program. She serves on the Technology committee, and encourages her students to read and use computers wisely so they develop skills and knowledge that will help them spread God's Word and serve as useful ambassadors in His kingdom.
Her hobbies include jigsaw puzzles and cheering for the Packers. Her favorite passage is her Confirmation passage from John 15:5 " I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." With these words of our Savior in mind, she often reminds her students that with God, they can do anything, but without God, they can do nothing.
Miss Margaret Rasmussen, 4th Grade
Mrs. Paula Nass, 3rd Grade
Mrs. Nass grew up in St. Joseph, MI, where she attended St. Paul's Lutheran School. She attended Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, MI, for her high school years, and then Dr. Martin Luther College to receive her Bachelor's of Science degree in education with a minor in English.
Her first call was to teach grade three at St. John's Lutheran in Baraboo, WI. Mrs. Nass was a stay at home mom for six years with her daughter, and then received a call to teach fourth grade at the same school. After moving to Racine with her family, First Evan Lutheran called her to teach at Wisconsin Lutheran School for grades seven and eight, as well as extended learning.
Mrs. Nass enjoys her cats, hiking, shopping, and reading.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Miss Rachel Nemitz, 2nd Grade
Miss Nemitz grew up in Neillsville, Wisconsin. She attended St. John’s Lutheran School through eighth grade and then graduated from Neillsville High School. She went on to Martin Luther College where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education.
She was assigned to Zion Lutheran School in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, where she taught for five years. She then accepted a Call to teach at Family of God in Fort Mohave, Arizona. Now she is excited to be teaching here at Wisconsin Lutheran School!
Miss Nemitz enjoys playing the organ, piano, and flute. She also loves to do crafts, scrapbooking, and reading.
One of her favorite Bible passages is John 14:1-4 “ Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Mrs. Kerri Bush, 1st Grade
Mrs. Bush was born in Montana and grew up in Fond du Lac where she attended Redeemer Lutheran School and Winnebago Lutheran Academy. Her family moved to Oak Creek and she attended Shoreland Lutheran High School. She continued her education at Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN.
Mrs. Bush began teaching at Abiding Word Lutheran School in Houston TX, where she taught kindergarten for 3 years. She taught preschool for 2 years at Our Savior's Lutheran School in Zion, IL, while also teaching at St. John's Lutheran School in Oak Creek, WI. She continued in Oak Creek, teaching both preschool and kindergarten until beginning here at WLS. She currently is also the coordinator of the school's Before/After Care Program.
Her four children are grown up and she and her husband enjoy being grandparents. She spends her leisure time golfing, quilting, reading and scrapbooking.
Her favorite Bible passage is 1 Cor. 10:31 " Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God."
Mrs. Kim Lash, K5
Mrs. Lash was born and raised in Racine. She attended St. Rita’s Grade School and St. Catherine’s High School. She graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelors of Science in Education with a math minor. This summer she completed her Early Childhood Lutheran Synod Certification from MLC.
She taught 5th grade at St. Edward’s School for seven years. She took eight years off to raise her three children. She was then called to teach Kindergarten at WLS and has loved teaching Jesus’ little lambs the last five years.
Kim also coaches the WLS 5th – 8th grade math teams, and assists with VOICE (forensics program) and drama. She also enjoys spending time with her family, camping, reading and scrapbooking.
Her favorite Bible verse to share with her Kindergartners is John 3:16, “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Mrs. Deborah Peterson, K4
Mrs. Peterson was born and raised in New Ulm, MN and loves going back to visit family. She attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, and graduated in 1997 from Martin Luther College with a B.S. in Elementary Education.
Her teaching career began with her first call to teach 1st and 2nd grade at St. Marcus Lutheran in Milwaukee, WI. She then moved 8 blocks down the road to St. Phillip’s Lutheran to teach K5. After 4 years in Milwaukee, she moved to Racine, got married, and taught 1 year of Kindergarten (and Extended Learning) here at WLS. She then started a family. Mrs. Peterson stayed at home part-time with her children over the years while also teaching part-time: 2 ½ years of 4K in preschool centers, and just last year taught 3K at St. Lucas Lutheran in Bay View.
Mrs. Peterson enjoys coffee, artwork, hiking, traveling, and adventures with her family.
Romans 14:8 “ If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”
Mrs. Katy Roekle, Teaching Assistant, K5
Mrs. Roekle was born and raised in Kewaskum,WI. She attended St. Lucas Lutheran School for grades 4-8, graduated from Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, Jackson, WI, and received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN.
She taught 1st and 2nd grades for one year at the Lutheran School in Peridot, AZ on the Apache Reservation. She has assisted in all of the Wisconsin Lutheran Lower School classrooms over the past 4 years. For the 2012-2013 school year, she will be assisting Mrs. Lash and the K5 class as they take on a full day of fun and learning!
Mrs. Roekle enjoys spending time with her family, watching her sons play sports, walking, biking, gardening, and reading.
Proverbs 22:6 " Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
Mrs. Judy Peters, Teaching Assistant, K4
Mrs. Kristen Smith, Teaching Assistant, 1st and 2nd
Mrs. Doreen Lueck, Teaching Assistant, 3rd thru 5th
Mrs. Shelley Zarling, Teaching Assistant, 6th thru 8th
Pastor John Roekle
Pastor Roekle has been a part of Wisconsin Lutheran School since coming to First Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1996 to serve as pastor. He teaches 7th and 8th grade catechism class,leads chapel services, and has been involved in coaching soccer, basketball and softball. Following his graduation from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1991, he served St. John's Lutheran Church in Florence, Wisconsin for5 years.
Pastor Aaron Dolan
Pastor Dolan was installed as Associate Pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in August 2009. He is a 2007 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Before being called to First Evan, he served at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI for two years. He enjoys interacting with the WLS students while leading chapel services and teaching catechism class.
Pastor Michael Zarling
Pastor Zarling has been a part of the Wisconsin Lutheran School family since accepting the call to serve Epiphany Lutheran Church in 2004 as their pastor. He teaches 7th and 8th grade catechism class, leads chapel services, and is also involved in teaching evangelism to the children in the school. Currently he is coaching the boys and girls soccer teams at WLS. He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1996. He served as pastor in a home mission congregation in Radcliff, Kentucky for 8 years before being called to Epiphany.
Pastor Philip Janke
Pastor Janke has been a part of Wisconsin Lutheran School since being assigned to New Hope Lutheran Church to serve as missionary. He teaches 7th and 8th grade catechism class and leads chapel services. Before graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, he served as a high school teacher and tutor for one year in Watertown, South Dakota. He has served at New Hope since the summer of 2008.